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Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Fay Greene
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Oct 14, 07

bookshelves: narrative-nonfiction
Read in January, 2006

Melissa Faye Green builds masterful story structures -- even when the story is sprawling and almost impossible to corral. This book is so thoroughly reported and researched, I can’t discern the point in the story at which the author began to witness the events. Toward the end of the story, a few small details led me to believe that she had entered the story quite late, something I found astounding. Melissa Fay Greene, of course, ignores – couldn’t care less about – the conventions of creative nonfiction or the essay. She is a journalist, telling her story in a nearly omniscient, third-person voice. Though I think the book started in the wrong place, and could/should have been 50 pages shorter, I was nonetheless riveted.
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